• Ambra Mattioli

"Black Star": my new novel.

Aggiornato il: apr 14

I publish my novel “Black Star” in the first days of March 2020. The Covid “lockdown” period would begin shortly thereafter. The initiatives I had in mind to present my novel to readers have been set aside. I had conceived to connect to the presentation of my work, the "Storytelling" Voice and Piano with which Francesco Infarinato and I accompany the audience on “a journey with David Bowie between songs and poetry”, for a connection no longer just ideal with the narration of the novel. Just one event has been possible, on March 7 at the Odradek bookshop in Pomezia, but then it was necessary to postpone the other scheduled initiatives. In Orte, for example, we should have participated in the celebrations in memory of Father Geremia Subiaco, the builder Friar, a character in my novel who really existed. During the research in the places where I set the initial part of my story, I met people who still have a rather vivid memory of his figure and I feel the interest of such inhabitants of the city. I met the journalist Stefano Stefanini, who invited me to the studios of “Tele Radio Orte”, for a live interview on June 6 in the TV show "Facts and comments". Here is the link to the video published by the broadcaster on its YouTube® channel:

Stefano also writes a nice article, which he publish on “NewTuscia.it” on June 12. Here is the link to the magazine:


This period so conditioned by the Covid Pandemic is certainly not the best indeed. It is heavy, but like many other people, I want to be positive and proactive. Therefore, during lockdown I read live on Facebook every week, some pages of the novel, to introduce my "Black Star" to people who follow me also as a musician.

I am also happy to thank the literary critic Stefano Pioli, who on June 27 publish an article on “OublietteMagazine.com” commenting on some of the main parts of my novel:


Little things. Nothing so important. However, patience, perseverance, commitment in keeping the body and mind busy and taking care of affections and relationships, even in this period of absence of real contact and hugs, can help to overcome the moment and keep alive the interest and attention to everyday life. In short, courage! move on, keeping in mind who we are. It will pass! as it always is with the passage of time among the ever-changing Universes.

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